Tenants

MFY Comments on New Housing Lottery Guidelines

MFY Supervising Attorney Justin LaMort commented in an AM-NY article on New York City’s new guidelines for affordable housing lotteries, noting that many changes are long overdue. The new process eliminates home visits and decisions based on credit scores, and recognizes that the tenant blacklist is a problem by providing that a previous housing court …

MFY Aids Tenants Suing Slumlord for Creating Illegal SRO

MFY is representing a group of tenants at 80 New York Avenue in Brooklyn who are suing their landlord for renting out individual rooms in apartments, alleging illegal deregulation and rent overcharges. In a scheme proliferating in many gentrifying neighborhoods, landlords convince single adults desperate for an affordable place to live to co-sign a lease. …

The Theft of Affordable Housing

MFY Supervising Attorney Justin La Mort explores how rent-stabilized apartments are disappearing as a result of fraudulent individual apartment improvements in the current issue of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change. The article shows how these phony improvements are are exacerbating the city’s affordable housing crisis and recommends several legal and policy changes …

New Report Shows Illegal Airbnb Rentals Overtaking NYC Housing Market

A report by MFY Legal Services an Housing Conservation Coordinators shows that Airbnb rentals are having a disastrous impact on NYC’s housing market and significantly contributing to the decrease in affordable units, especially in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  More than half of Airbnb’s lists are illegal under city housing law, and 30% of listings are controlled …

SRO Hotel Fined for Illegal Rentals

An upper West Side Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel was fined $65,000 for continuing to offer short-term stays to tourists in violation of a March court ruling that forbade it. Under the law, SROs cannot rent rooms for less than 30 days. MFY Legal Services has taken a leading role in the fight against illegal …

Harassment by Construction: Crown Heights Tenants Fight Back

Represented by MFY Legal Services, tenants in a Crown Heights building filed suit against their  landlord on June 7, 2016, demanding an end to almost two years of unbearable living conditions. Tenants say the landlord began a gut renovation in February 2015 without proper building permits. Tenants have lived through periods with no heat or …

MFY Works with City Council to Rein In Abusive Three-Quarter Houses

MFY Legal Services joined three-quarter house residents and City Council members on the steps of City Hall on April 20, 2016 to draw attention to a package of bills that will require more public information on the three-quarter houses, prevent landlords from requiring tenants to attend specific substance-abuse programs or get physicals from certain doctors, …

MFY Supports Council Bills to Prevent Tenant Displacement & Harassment

MFY Legal Services attorney Tangier Harper testified today at a NYC Council hearing in support of four bills that will help to prevent tenant displacement and harassment. Ms. Harper cited the case of Bronx tenants who were compelled to vacate their building after a fire. The landlord made no repairs until forced to do so …

Victory for SRO Residents

MFY joined with other advocates in submitting an amicus brief supporting the city’s position that Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels must rent rooms for a minimum of one month. On March 17, 2016 the appeals court ruled in the city’s favor in a case involving the 227-room Imperial Court Hotel in Manhattan, which had been …

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